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Council to look at zoning

By Rochelle Moore
Published in News on January 8, 2018 5:50 AM

The Goldsboro City Council will review a rezoning request for a future shopping center and site plans for a car wash during its meeting tonight.

The council will meet for a 5 p.m. work session in the City Hall annex, 200 N. Center St., and at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at City Hall, 214 N. Center St.

Property owners of a 4-acre site on North Berkeley Boulevard between Fallin Boulevard and Northwood Drive are seeking to rezone the property from an office and institutional zone to a shopping center conditional district.

The rezoning, recommended by the Goldsboro Planning Commission, includes vacant woodlands, with site plan approval required at a later date prior to development.

Also up for review are site plans for a car wash, on a half-acre property on North William Street, between Orange and 11th Street and next to Greenleaf Grace Village.

The planning commission is also recommending to council the approval of a subdivision plan for a 72.5-acre property along Fedelon Trail, between Granville Drive and the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. The property is requested to be subdivided into three parcels that allows for the potential sale of two smaller lots, a 5.2-acre site and a 14.4-acre site, near Fedelon Trail. The third property is a 52.8-acre site where a solar farm is currently located.

Also during the meeting, the council will consider a $20,000 budget amendment to help fund the Regional Enforcement and Crime Targeting Team. The REACT team is a joint effort between Goldsboro police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office focused on combating violence and drug crimes in the city.

The partnership has been in place since July, and the additional funding will pay for the program through the end of the fiscal year. The effort has included assistance from sheriff's deputies in combating crime in hotspot areas of the city. To date, the city has paid the sheriff's office $10,000 for the services, from July through November.

The council will also consider selling property at Highland Place and South Weaver Drive to Community Technical Assistance for $48,690, with half of the sale going to the county.

Attorney Ron Lawrence, with the Everett, Womble and Lawrence law firm, will take the oath of office and represent the city as its attorney under a 12-month contract.

The council's 5 p.m. work session will include discussion about the city's crime reports for 2016 and the water safety report for 2016 and 2017.

The council plans to broadcast its work session and meeting on Facebook Live.